Hot 5 in August

An opinionated to-do list

Lady Lush & The Vinyls play PAUSA Art House this month.


Talk about random. I can’t remember a more disparate amalgamation of things to do. August is like that, though. It feels like summer is practically over. Adults have likely already taken any vacation they had planned, while kids feel the hot breath of a new school year on their necks. But summer is not over. It’s bloody scorching all month, and bittersweet September is still miles away. As my mother often said in these dog days, get out of the house and find something to do with yourself! Here are a few suggestions.


Lady Lush & The Vinyls

Fredonia-grown New York-based soul pop phenoms return to their original stomping grounds for a special performance. Lead singers Sophia Howes and Raphael Santos belt out tunes influenced by Steely Dan, Santana, and Sam Cooke, among others, backed by Eamon Rayhn on keys/bass/vocals/guitar, Drew Azzinaro on guitar, and Ethan Fox on percussion. For a preview, check out the band’s music videos at or pick up its debut album, Bad Thangs on iTunes, Spotify +

August 4 at 8 p.m., PAUSA Art House (19 Wadsworth St.; or 697-9069)


Chalk Fest Buffalo 2017

Located along the 500 Block of Main Street between Mohawk and Huron, this year’s theme is “Once Upon a Time.” When else is an entire city block in the heart of downtown Buffalo transformed into a colorful playground? Kids of all ages participate at this free annual event. Musicians, dancers, face painters, balloon hat-makers, and street performers entertain festivalgoers throughout the day, plus food trucks, vendors, and merchants.

August 5 & 6, 12–6 p.m.,


Silo City Reading Series

This multidisciplinary series includes musical acts, visual art installations, and poetry. Its goal is to bring together the best of Buffalo’s arts and cultural community to interact with some of the most dynamic poets from Buffalo and beyond. This month features Maggie Smith (the poet, not the Dame) and playwright, poet, actor, teacher, and singer Annette Daniels Taylor, with music by Bean Friend and dance by Nancy Hughes & Center Dance.

August 12 at 7 p.m., Silo City Row ( or 832-5400)


Kenan Motor Exhibition: Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show

This event is sort of a mishmash of stuff that’s perfect for August. Fit everything in while you can. Chicken, motor vehicles, art, music, why not? It includes a Chiavetta BBQ fundraiser, music, and vendor market. It also coincides with the opening of the exhibit, Erie Canal, Spirit of Structure: Platinum/Palladium Images by Dennis Stierer and Tilman Crane, in the Kenan House Gallery, 2–5 p.m.

August 13 at 12 p.m., Kenan Center (433 Locust St., Lockport; or 443-2617)


Stoogefest XXVI

I’ve often heard that women do not find the Three Stooges funny. Maybe it’s all the eye-poking and head-smacking? Ladies, if you’ve ever wanted to find out if one or more Stooges can make you giggle, now’s your chance. And gents, I’m sure you’ve yucked it up over Curly, Larry, and Moe plenty of times. Why not check them out on a big screen? Join Head Stooge Lenny for the 26th Annual Summer Stoogefest featuring seven sidesplitting (so I hear) Three Stooges episodes.

August 26 at 7:30 p.m., Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda; or 692-2413)


Wendy Guild Swearingen is senior editor of Spree.


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